Msgr. Nicholas Iacovacci


WARWICK — Rev. Msgr. Nicholas J. Iacovacci, 97, Pastor Emeritus of St. Ann Parish, Providence, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2023, at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket.
Born in Providence on January 3, 1926, son of the late Nicola and Rose (Regoli) and stepson of the late Mary Preston. He was the brother of the late Joseph Iacovacci (Regina Incollingo).
He attended Cranston public schools, and in 1940 he attended La Salle Academy. He was among the first students to attend Our Lady of Providence Seminary at Warwick Neck when it was founded in 1941. From 1946 to 1951 he studied philosophy and theology at St. Mary University Baltimore, Maryland and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Russel J. Mc Vinney at the Cathedral in Providence on May 19, 1951.
Msgr. Iacovacci served for three months at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Providence and from September 1951 until 1968 at St. Ann Church in Providence.
In 1968, he served at Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston and then as pastor of St. William Church in Warwick. In January 1976 Msgr. became pastor of St. Ann Parish in Providence, retiring in 1997. From 1998 until 2021 he served as priest in residence at St. Peter Church in Warwick.
Monsignor also served on many diocesan boards, committees and offices. He served as vice-president and president of the Senate of Priests, and chaplain of the Daughters of Isabella, Santa Maria Circle No 58 and the State Circle. In addition to his parish duties he served at the Catholic prison ministry in the Adult Correctional Institute Cranston.
At the request of Bishop Tobin, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Father Iacovacci a Chaplain to His Holiness, with the title of Reverend Monsignor.
A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 29, in St. Peter Church, Warwick, with burial in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 964 Main Street Pawtucket, R.I. 02860, or St. Peter School, 350 Fair St., Warwick, R. I. 02888.